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 Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio + Lionel Loueke 4/17-18 and Octet 4/19-20 at the Jazz Standard Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Dr. Lonnie Smith and Lionel Loueke

The turban-clad master of the hammond B3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith who “remains remarkably cliché–free, even after five decades in the game….” (John Fordham, The Guardian) will be performing in the same operating room with two different groups. Hailed as a “gentle virtuoso” by Jon Pareles of The New York Times, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke will join the doctor's trio for two nights - this colaboration is a not-to-be-missed event. Dr. Lonnie Smith's "In The Beginning" Octet combines veteran play­ers like guitarist Ed Cherry with fiery younger musicians such as trumpeter Andy Gravish and saxopho­nists John Ellis and Ian  Hendrickson–Smith. In the fall of 2013, the group released a superb two–CD set, In The Beginning, Volumes 1 & 2, on the artist’s own Pilgrimage Recordings. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio includes Jonathan Kreisberg on guitar and  Johnathan Blake on drums perform with  special guest  Lionel Loueke on guitar on Thursday and Friday, April 17th and 18th and his Octet performs on Friday and Saturday, April 19th and 20th at the Jazz Standard.
Tom Harrell's TRIP with Mark Turner, Ugonna Okegwo and Adam Cruz at the Village Vanguard 4/1-6 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 30 March 2014

"What Harrell [does] is spin out improvisational lines filled with instant melodies. Like a lyricist who illuminates phrases with subtle internal rhymes, Harrell's soloing captivates both the hearts and the minds of his listeners." - The Los Angeles Times

Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter
Hailed by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, trumpeter Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Each of his albums has found its way onto various critics "Top Ten" lists worldwide.  Harrel's newest band, Tom Harrell's TRIP,  includes tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, drummer Adam Cruz, and his bassist of 14 years, Ugonna Okegwo. TRIP will make a trip to  the Village Vanguard on Tuesday, April 1st through Sunday, April 6th.
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol CD release at Regattabar in Boston 4/3 and DROM in New York 4/5 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Friday, 28 March 2014
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, photo by Cem Eskinazi

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and an ethnomusicologist Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol has composed for, performed and toured with notables Tiger Okoshi, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Okay Temiz, Erkan Ogur, Yansimalar, and many others. Dr. Sanlikol taught at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He is currently a faculty member at Emerson College and College of the Holy Cross, and a research fellow at Harvard University.  On his new release whatsnext?  Dr. Sanlikol blends jazz and folk melodies with innovative big band arrangements. CD release concerts will he held on Thursday, April 3rd at Regattabar in Cambridge, MA and on Saturday, April 5th at DROM in New York.
Bill Charlap Trio this week at Birdland Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 23 March 2014
Bill Charlap, photo by Carol Friedman

One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap will perform with his trio featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington at Birdland on Tuesday, March 25th through Sunday, M3rch 30th. Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Charlap's latest release is a duet with his wife, renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes Double Portrait (Blue Note) [Read the JP review].
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